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    Quote Originally Posted by Lane. View Post
    Great improvement going on here!

    Keep in mind, economy of line. Whenever you can replace 3 marks with just 1, that will make your image much stronger. This will probably require slowing down a bit, as well as making good use of the broad side of your charcoal/pencil.
    Yeah, I still suck at stroke economy. It's one of those easier said than done things. Partly it is confidence related- not being sure where a line should go. Part of it is just going too quickly. I'll focus on it more next section. I plan on bringing the charcoal sticks along instead. Maybe it's the grip, but I find I have a lot more control as opposed to the charcoal pencil.

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    I'm loving your life drawings and thumbnails.
    Good work.

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    Hey,
    Great work and dedication. Your perspective is now looking sweet from the ones on your first page. You seem to have a good understanding on constructing a face. I think your portraits are quite strong. Keep plugging away!

    All the best!

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    gesture drawings

    Decided to work on some more gesture drawings from photo studies from:

    http://characterdesigns.com/
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    http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php

    Mixed in are a few "from imagination"... I've been catching up on the Force Drawing videos too.

    Stroke economy is still an issue, but I think it's starting to improve towards the end.

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    30 minute session on pixelovely. I think I got the effect I was going for a few times. I gotta continue to watch out for making fewer strokes and line thickness.

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    More gesture drawing practice from photo reference, yay. Proportions are still off, but I'm still gonna keep plugging away at it. I also did an apple still life today too. It's a little pink, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I've never worked with oils before.

    Also, official life drawing session tomorrow too! Will post stuff again soon.

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    I like dem apples! For your first try with oils, that's pretty nice. Your gestures are looking good and it sounds like you understand your weaknesses and are trying to improve in those areas, which is great! Keep up the good work, and have fun in lifedrawing!

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    Well, went to the life drawing session today! It was fun. I tried out a few different approaches. Not sure what was most successful, but it was a good learning experience.

    The pencil drawing is from a photo reference and the rest are of the same model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dierat View Post
    I like dem apples! For your first try with oils, that's pretty nice. Your gestures are looking good and it sounds like you understand your weaknesses and are trying to improve in those areas, which is great! Keep up the good work, and have fun in lifedrawing!
    Thanks! I had a good time. I just gotta remember to RELAX while I'm there and have fun. It's not some race to the finish line. It's about the process too!

    Also, sorry I keep forgetting to respond to people! *easily distracted* I AM reading the comments though. If I can't take the advice to heart right away, know that I will work on it in the future!

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    great sketches, loving the gestures.

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    Some doodles, mainly from imagination... was looking into different types of facial structure a bit. Also... flour sacks! I thought I'd redo a few of the ones from my first post to see if I'd improved at all.

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    This week's figure drawing session

    I used a china marker this time.

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    Some sketches and doodles. First two are from observation. Latter two are from imagination.

    I'll probably do some anatomy studies eventually. Haha. I suck at arms and necks in particular.

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    nice roundness to your lines... keep going!

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    Quote Originally Posted by poetry man View Post
    nice roundness to your lines... keep going!
    Thanks! I'll keep practicing.

    Here's some more doodles... some Korra stuff thrown in there for fun!

    And to reiterate... yep, some anatomy studies are in order. Haha.

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    Awesome last post, korra looks pretty cool.

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    Now i want to do gestural drawing because you make it look so cool . Have you tried Loomis or Bridgman? if not check them out. great sketchbook though keep up the good work.

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    Thanks! I love gestural stuff more than most everything and I guess it shows!! I gotta make sure I improve other aspects of my drawing skills though.

    Yes, I have worked a bit with Loomis and Bridgman both. I need to get going with that again when I can. I've had some eye strain issues over the past week (I use the computer + do microscope work + like to draw) or so so that's hampered progress a bit. I haven't wanted to do any serious detail work. Gonna keep trying though after I've had a break. Listening to audiobooks for a bit!

    As for the doodles below, I was just having fun with more perspective stuff. I busted out the markers again. I'd like to eventually make some nice textures and environments. It's gonna be a long road before I'll be able to do that though. My knowledge is rudimentary at best as of yet. xD It all starts with the basics, though, so I just gotta keep working at it.

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    Hello again !

    I just thought I would swing by and be nosey to see how you are doing and wow! you are coming on in leaps and bounds matey. There are some seriously good attempts at form and anatomy (and a lot of cats).
    I don't really have any crits to offer matey all I can say is just carry on and keep going as you are, all the best with the work.

    A great kind hearted lumbering bullock



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    Great sketchbook.

    I love your scratchy, sketchy style and I don't think you should lose that in favour of clean lines. I know some people advocate that but I think a sketchy mark making style is unique to the individual and a piece thats too clean can lose its life as a result. So don't be afraid to scribble like mad!

    Also loving your loose life drawings and those quick little cat studies. They're wonderfully expressive and full of personality. You're on the right track for sure. Keep going and good luck!

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    Keep the hard work up! I'd love to see you tighten up those lines as well as work harder to understand shapes and how they connect to eachother!

    Sketchbook --I'd love some feedback!
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    great studies! The gestures are very fluid.
    I would love to see some more of your imagination works, maybe paintings too
    Keep it up~!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightship69 View Post
    Hello again !

    I just thought I would swing by and be nosey to see how you are doing and wow! you are coming on in leaps and bounds matey. There are some seriously good attempts at form and anatomy (and a lot of cats).
    I don't really have any crits to offer matey all I can say is just carry on and keep going as you are, all the best with the work.
    Hey again! Yes, lots of cats... haha. I guess my silly feline deserves all of the attention.

    I'll try to drop by your thread later too, to see what you've been up to.

    Quote Originally Posted by Candra H View Post
    Great sketchbook.

    I love your scratchy, sketchy style and I don't think you should lose that in favour of clean lines. I know some people advocate that but I think a sketchy mark making style is unique to the individual and a piece thats too clean can lose its life as a result. So don't be afraid to scribble like mad!

    Also loving your loose life drawings and those quick little cat studies. They're wonderfully expressive and full of personality. You're on the right track for sure. Keep going and good luck!
    Haha, thanks! Your comment really made my day. I don't want to lose what makes my stuff my own, though I'd like to gain more control over my mark making too. I think I'll eventually be able to find a happy medium where stuff isn't all over the place but also not boring and over controlled.

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    Keep the hard work up! I'd love to see you tighten up those lines as well as work harder to understand shapes and how they connect to eachother!
    Thanks! I'll keep working on that. I actually just got some glasses the other day (to help with the eye strain) and I discovered that I wasn't really seeing depth all that well. Strange, huh? Anyhow, I think it'll help me with understanding form some more, too. Gotta just keep working at it, I suppose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoo_Mama View Post
    great studies! The gestures are very fluid.
    I would love to see some more of your imagination works, maybe paintings too
    Keep it up~!
    Hey! I'll see if I can't post more stuff from imagination too. As for paintings, I don't really paint too often, but I'd like to do more of them. I always say that I shall, but it never seems to happen. Sometime to add to the ever-growing to do list, at any rate!

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    OK, and here are some more doodles! Still having fun with perspective a bit... I'd eventually like to do a full scene of something. I need ideas and a working set of thumbnails first, though!

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    Drawings from today's figure drawing session... was doing some "blind" studies this time + had fun with the markers.

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    Great and loose gesture drwaings.

    I would recommend doing some slower studies where you really focus on accuracy to really get to know your anatomical proportions.

    Would love to see some more finished pieces by you.

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    Really nice figure stuff...the gestures have a great looseness to them, and you really seem to be feeling the forms a lot better! Keep up the hard work

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    Messy digital art, ahoy! More cats... maybe I should change the title of my sketchbook to "cats, cats, and more cats"... xD

    Edit: one of the images was freakin' huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tea of Doom View Post
    Great and loose gesture drwaings.

    I would recommend doing some slower studies where you really focus on accuracy to really get to know your anatomical proportions.

    Would love to see some more finished pieces by you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Psychobuddy View Post
    Really nice figure stuff...the gestures have a great looseness to them, and you really seem to be feeling the forms a lot better! Keep up the hard work
    Forgot to respond to these comments... xD

    Yeah, I really need to do more slow studies. Finishing stuff is also a major weak point of mine. I love the sketching process and loose/gestural pieces, but I have trouble putting it all together to make a finished piece. That said, I will keep trying. I think I might do a few more face and anatomy studies later. I'm finally understanding more about light and shadow (at the least, significantly more than I did a few months ago). It is making it a little easier to actually understand and decipher what is going on in photographs. Reconstructing an image in 3D is harder to conceptualize than having someone in front of me.

    On that same note, I also want to work on more still lifes... just need a few more bits of interesting subject matter.

    I'll keep practicing!

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    Here are some doodles from earlier in the week. I'm still playing around with that cat drawing and seeing if I can't get some color added eventually. I want it to be fun and summer-y.

    I also gave some "negative space" drawings a try. I tried drawing an origami crane I'd made a few weeks ago.

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    great bunch of practices but think you should spend some time with one to see where your are at, anyways cool sb!

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